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Journal entry found in the car of Franklin Barrett Sechriest, 18, who is facing federal charges for setting a fire outside a synagogue in Austin, Texas. Source: Screenshot.

Teen accused of setting fire outside Austin synagogue faces federal arson charges

The 18-year-old accused of setting the exterior of a synagogue on fire in Austin, Texas, last month is now facing federal arson charges. In an affidavit, FBI Special Agent Thomas P. Joy laid out the case against Franklin...
Photo of the man suspected of setting a fire at Congregation Beth Israel in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 31, 2021. Credit: Austin Fire Department.

Teen arrested in connection to arson at Austin synagogue

An 18-year-old was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly setting a fire in front of a synagogue in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 31 amid a rising number of anti-Semitic incidents in the city over the last few...
Holocaust Remembrance Day tribute. Credit: Israel Defense Forces/Facebook.

Some ideas must be debated, but not historical facts

Some Jewish liberals say that they saw this coming. There were those who believed that the movement to stop the teaching of critical race theory in the schools was bound to negatively impact teaching about the...
An illustration of a judge's gavel. Credit: corgarashu/Shutterstock.

Jewish death-row inmate wins new trial in Texas, citing judge’s anti-Semitic slurs

A Dallas County judge ordered that Jewish death-row inmate Randy Halprin should get a new trial after considering evidence that the judge who presided over his case was biased against Jews. Halprin, 44, claimed that former Dallas County judge...
Israel Allies Foundation staff with Gilad Erdan and Mike Pence. Credit: Israel Allies Foundation.

Israeli ambassador Erdan: Christian allies of Israel are ‘Iron Dome of truth’ for Jewish...

Israeli Ambassador to the United States and the United Nations Gilad Erdan and former Vice President Mike Pence addressed hundreds of Christian supporters of Israel at the Israel Allies Foundation Gala Awards in Texas...
U.S. and Texas state flags flying on the dome of the Texas State Capitol building in Austin. Credit: CrackerClips Stock Media/Shutterstock.

Texas adds Ben & Jerry’s, Unilever to list of companies boycotting Israel

The ice-cream company Ben & Jerry’s and its British parent company Unilever have officially been added to the list of companies in Texas that boycott Israel, announced Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Thursday. Under Chapter 808, Texas law...
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Credit: Carrington Tatum/Shutterstock.

Jewish organizational streams weigh in on Texas abortion law

Representatives of multiple Jewish denominations in the United States expressed disapproval of a new law in Texas that makes it nearly impossible for a woman to receive an abortion in the state, especially after...
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott with state legislators after the signing of measure of HB3257 that establishes a Texas Holocaust, Genocide and Anti-Semitism Advisory Commission in Austin on June 16, 2021. Source: Screenshot.

In bipartisan vote, Texas adopts IHRA definition to define anti-Jewish acts

With the support of its governor and state legislators, Texas has become the first U.S. state to fully utilize the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism to interpret anti-Jewish acts. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott...
Genevieve Collins. Credit: Genevieve Collins for Congress.

Genevieve Collins promises to be ‘loud voice for Israel’ in Congress

Businesswoman and Republican Genevieve Collins is running against incumbent Democratic Rep. Colin Allred in the U.S. House of Representatives race on Nov. 3 in Texas’s 32nd Congressional District. Collins, who is in her 30s, “is...
A member of the Jason family from Houston shows off his new protective gear, April 2020. Source: Screenshot.

Jewish family in Texas converts kipahs to face masks for homeless community

A Jewish family in Houston is turning kipahs into face masks for their town’s homeless population to wear during the coronavirus pandemic. The Jason family has already collected nearly 700 from donations and has dubbed their campaign “Kippahs to...